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(AP) — Black ministers, politicians and business leaders are scrambling to unify their community behind one candidate in Chicago’s wide-open mayoral race, which already features a former White House chief of staff, as many as four congressmen and a sheriff among those preparing to run. So many potential candidates have surfaced — at least a dozen in the black community alone — that many fear the black vote could be widely split, ruining a chance to exercise the kind of influence that helped elect Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983. Among other considerations is whether Rahm Emanuel, praised by President Barack Obama even as he left the administration last week to run, will win support from black voters in Obama’s hometown.

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